I feel that making bracelets is a quintessential summer activity.  We often use our down time to make friendship bracelets, but this time we have been making polymer clay bracelets. 

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To make your own polymer clay bracelets you will need:

  • Polymer clay
  • Wooden kebab stick
  • Baking tray
  •  Elastic

I find that it is polymer clay gets easier to work with once it has been warmed in your hands.

The design we used for our beads was a marble one.  Obviously you can make plain beads or more complicated patterns.  We found that these marbled ones looked really good.

To make the marble design, start by picking 3+ colours.  Then roll each colour into a long sausage.  You want them all to be roughly the same size.

polymer clay bracelets

When you have done that, carefully twist the sausages together.

Next fold the polymer clay in half and twist these halves together.

polymer clay bracelets

Then roll the twisted strand so that it becomes one strand, rather than 2 separate ones twisted together.

polymer clay bracelets

Keep repeating the last 2 steps until you have the desired marble affect.

polymer clay bracelets

Cut the finished marble strand into equal amounts, and mold them into the bead shape you want. YC made a whole variety of different shapes.  Whereas, I went for rounded and elongated shaped beads.

Carefully use your wooden kebab stick to make holes all the way through the beads. 

To cook them, place them on a baking tray and put in the oven for 10-15 mins on 135c.  Keep an eye on them to make sure that they are not turning brown though.  If you have smaller, thinner beads then they will need less time.

The final thing to do, once they are ready is to make the bracelet out of them.  I highly recommend using an elasticated thread, as it will make it easier to take on and off.

If you enjoyed making these polymer clay bracelets be sure to check out my God’s eye craft, craft stick bracelets and DIY French knitting.  

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Polymer Clay Bracelets for kids